An Invitation to Die By Barbara Cleverly


Cambridge post-WWI, and an unidentified man is found strangled in a graveyard by Detective Inspector John Redfyre of Cambridge CID. Dressed in a military great coat, with an unusual invitation from the “Amici Apicii” found in the pocket. DI Redfyre investigates to determine the motive and the identity of the killer. Is there a connection to the College of St. Jude’s, near where the body was found? Is it tied to a number of previous unsolved murders? Or is it in some way related to incidents that occurred during the Boer War?

A great read!! This story grabbed me from the beginning. It was intricately plotted with multiple twists. What I found really imaginative was the way the timeline of presenting the story was played with, jumping ahead, revealing just enough for you to question and puzzle over…and then jumping back. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the story that touched on a part of history that isn’t talked about a lot (the Boer War), and did so in a way that made it integral to the plot.

The characters were so well drawn that I could visualize the tramp, his compatriots, the college Dons, as I read. DI Redfyre is charming and affable as always. I think his relationships and interactions with his colleagues, friends, and family add a lot of humor to the story.

I do have have one small complaint…the sometimes overuse of 1920’s jargon. This is a well written story, but because if this, often came across as artificial.

This is a story filled with striking period detail, riddled with dry humor, and several twists. I was riveted from the beginning, and think you will be too.

My thanks to Edelweiss and Soho Crime for the advance digital copy for my review.

4 thoughts on “An Invitation to Die By Barbara Cleverly

    1. Thanks! I’ve been looking at that series…trying to decide if I should give it a go. Think I will now. I also read a reviewed the Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair. Set just after the war…in London. It’s also great if you’re looking for something in that vein.

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      1. Always am. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I also reviewed a great mystery set in 1816, London. It’s The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner. Excellent book & the 1st in the series.

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